Moustapha Diagne to Syracuse

WEST ORANGE, N.J. — At 6-foot-9 with an athletic build, Moustapha Diagne would seem to be a perfect fit for the back end of the Syracuse zone in years to come.

And that’s exactly where Diagne will play after he committed to the Orange over Memphis during the Mary Kline Classic at West Orange High School.

“It’s a good school, they have a good basketball program,” Diagne said. “And Coach [Adrian] Autry, we built a good relationship and I feel comfortable with Syracuse.”

Ranked the No. 7 power forward in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports.com, Diagne has visited Syracuse three times, including for the epic Duke game in February, and Orange head coach Jim Boeheim has visited him at least once at Pope John.

“He brings a lot of energy to the court, he’s got a lot of athleticism,” Pope John XXIII coach Jason Hasson said. “He definitely is improving his offensive skills, stepping out to 15 feet. He’s going to start being able to step out to the three next year. I think he brings a lot of versatility to [Syracuse] because he can play multiple positions. He can guard multiple positions.” To read more of this story, click here

Academically Cleared, McCullough Excited for Syracuse

McCullough CuseGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Chris McCullough admits it was a little nerve-racking waiting on his standardized test scores to come back.

“It was stressful because I thought I was going to get it back pretty early so I could go to Syracuse earlier, but I didn’t get it till late,” the 6-foot-10, 215-pound McCullough told SNY.tv before the Frankie Williams Charity Classic.

As first reported earlier Tuesday by SNY.tv, McCullough received his test scores on Monday and is academically cleared to enroll at Syracuse. He plans to head up for the second summer session in July. To read more of this story, click here

Kassoum Yakwe: Syracuse, Villanova, Kansas Recruiting Him the Hardest

Yakwe2By WESLEY CHENG

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORKKassoum Yakwe, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Our Savior New American (NY), is one of the rising prospects in the 2016 class. Yakwe played in the 2014 Jordan Brand International Game and scored 13 points and grabbed two rebounds for Team White as they defeated Team Black 74-71.

Yakwe played an efficient 19 minutes, shooting 4-for-5 from the field. He also displayed an improved handle and a nice outside touch, hitting 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.

“I’m getting more confident,” Yakwe said when asked about his outside shot. “I’ve been working in the gym getting shots up. I’m getting better [at] it.” To read more of this story, click here

2015 Guard Franklin Howard to Syracuse

Franklin Howard, a 6-foot-4 2015 combo guard from Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI and Team Takeover, committed to Syracuse on his 17th birthday.

Howard also considered Maryland, Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia and N.C. State.

He missed this past season after undergoing ACL surgery last summer.

“Frank is on his way to full recovery from ACL last July,” Paul VI coach Glen Farello told SNY.tv. “Frank’s got the combination of skill, IQ and competitiveness that coaches appreciate. The kid is a winner. And he will be even more hungry coming back. To read more of this story, click here

Boeheim Says Ennis Could’ve Used Another Year in College

EnnisIt doesn’t sound like Jim Boeheim is all that pleased with Tyler Ennis’s decision to go one-and-done.

Speaking Friday morning on SportsCenter, the Syracuse coach said Ennis could’ve used another year in college.

“I think he’s a great college player,” Boeheim said. “I think physically he probably could’ve used another year. A little bit different than Dion Waiters who I had a couple of years ago who left. I think Dion was physically better, more physically ready. To read more of this story, click here

Next Up at the Point at Syracuse: Kaleb Joseph

With Tyler Ennis headed to the NBA Draft, Syracuse fans are wondering, what’s next?

Barry Connors, who coaches incoming Syracuse point guard Kaleb Joseph at Cushing (MA) Academy, says not to worry.

“Hell, if I had a vested interest in Syracuse I’d be worried, too,” Connors told SNY.tv by phone Friday morning. “You’re losing a point guard who’s pretty damn good. I got some news for you. This kid’s ready.”

Connors spouted off a few impressive stats and also delved into Joseph’s game. To read more of this story, click here

Tyler Ennis to the NBA Draft

Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis met with head coach Jim Boeheim on Thursday and informed him he will enter the NBA Draft.

“Tyler’s talked it over with us and he’s decided to enter the draft,” his father, CIA Bounce coach Tony McIntyre, told SNY.tv by phone Thursday.

Syracuse later issued a statement making it official.

“I’d like to thank Coach Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans of Syracuse for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse,” said Ennis. “I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream – to play in the NBA.”

The 6-foot-2 Ennis, who averaged 12.9 points 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in his lone season at Syracuse, is projected anywhere from 6-15 in the Draft, his father said.

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